Please allow us to introduce you to BST Lift Systems, Inc.
is a privately owned California corporation with its facilities located in
Ventura, California, USA. BST manufactures and markets a
limited variety of oil field related equipment.
Included are conventional (tubing retrievable) and wire line retrievable
gas lift valves and conventional and sidepocket gas lift mandrels, along with
water flood and chemical injection mandrels and valves.
BST also manufactures flow control chokes
for injection, production, and water flood.
It also manufactures coiled tubing gas lift equipment, chamber lift
equipment, and other completion hardware. BST
began its operations in 1981 and has operated continuously under the same
ownership and management since then.
maintains its administrative offices and manufacturing facility in Ventura,
has a full manufacturing and production facility, with two Mori Seiki CNC
lathes, one Mori Seiki CNC 4-axis mill, three manual lathes, and two manual
mills, along with an automatic production saw, a Lepel 2.5 KW brazing station, a
heat treating furnace with quench and temper capabilities, grinders and
polishers, a production bead blaster, manual and hydraulic arbor presses, and a
fully equipped tooling shop.
also maintains a well-equipped ANSI/ASME certified welding shop, with full TIG
capabilities for all common oilfield materials.
maintains both an on-site 10,000 psi hydrotesting facility and a full gas lift
valve repair shop. The hydrotesting
facility has the capability to pressure test gas lift mandrels, flow control
chokes, tubing, subsurface safety systems, and chamber lift equipment.
The gas lift valve repair shop has the capability to repair and set both BST's
and any manufacturer's gas lift valves.
maintains a well-stocked inventory of all commonly used parts for its flow
control chokes and gas lift valves. Parts
not in inventory can usually be supplied within 2 weeks or less.
maintains a quality assurance program that meets the requirements of API Q1 and
is compliant with ISO 9001. The
program includes all functions of BST's operations,
including such functions as order input, design documentation and retrieval,
material requisition and stocking, work order generation and routing,
manufacturing and assembly, part and assembled product testing, inventory
control, shipping, and accounting. Full
material and process certification is available for any product.
BST's major emphases have been in developing low bottom hole pressure, maximum draw down, maximum production, maximum efficiency systems for oil production. It has an active research and development program, concentrating on new products, using cutting edge technologies and materials. Rather than attempting to produce a very wide range of products for all needs, BST has targeted specific markets and then applied innovative solutions to produce high quality products to meet the needs of those markets.
President and General Manager of BST is Mr. Bill
Becker. Mr. Becker has 50 years of
experience in the marketing, design, application, and manufacture of oil field
equipment. He was previously
employed by Chevron, Continental Oil, Teledyne Merla, and Macco/Schlumberger.
He holds 3 patents for oil field equipment, with other patents pending.
He has given seminars on gas lift theory and practice in Asia, South
America, and the USA.
Engineering Manager is Mr. David Tucker. Mr.
Tucker has been with BST since 1983. He has over 35 years of professional experience in
mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic engineering design.
He has designed many of the mathematical models used by BST's
engineering department, has been involved in all of BST's
new product designs, and holds one patent for coiled tubing equipment, with
other patents pending.
of BST Lift Systems
Lift Systems was formed in 1981 by Bill Becker, Chuck Swafford, and Tim
LaPrelle in Ventura, California, USA, and incorporated under the laws of the
State of California. It was
originally conceived of as an oil tool service company, repairing and
refurbishing gas lift valves and gas lift mandrels.
At that time, BST's common repair parts for
various manufacturers' gas lift valves were made by approved vendors under
contract to BST.
1982, BST designed, manufactured, and supplied its
first high pressure (10,000 psi) injection mandrels to Otis/Halliburton.
Also in 1982, BST moved to larger quarters
in Ventura, acquiring an improved gas lift shop, assembly area. and test
facilities, and adequate space for administration, accounting, sales,
engineering, production control, quality assurance, and an enclosed inventory.
In the same year, BST introduced its B1 series of superior wellhead flow
control chokes, incorporating proven aerospace materials, such as 17-4 stainless
steel in the stems and seats, and 4130 chrome-moly alloy steel in the bodies and
also designed and manufactured its own line of latches, orifice valves, and
nitrogen charged gas lift valves.
1983, BST began to acquire its own in-house
manufacturing capabilities, with the acquisition of two CNC lathes and a variety
of manual mills, lathes, and other production equipment, including the in-house
capability to braze gas lift valve bellows assemblies and stem assemblies.
This allowed BST to satisfy all of its major
manufacturing requirements in its in-house facilities, making gas lift valves,
gas lift mandrels, standing valves, seating and locking nipples, Y-tools,
production chokes, injection chokes, and high temperature steam chokes, along
with a wide variety of other standard and custom oil production tools.
1984, BST introduced its B2 series flow control
chokes, offering modular trim packaging and a forged, unitized body.
1985, BST received a patent for its dual packer
subsurface safety system, for use in offshore wells.
This patent also covered the unique dual-bore whip stock tool.
1986, BST's staff had grown to include over 40
employees, and was the largest West Coast manufacturer of gas lift valves and
flow control chokes. BST
had by this time supplied its gas lift valves, mandrels, and chokes to all of
the offshore platforms of all of the major oil producers in the environmentally
sensitive Santa Barbara Channel, including Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and Arco.
BST also acquired California Wireline
that same year, BST introduced its BE2.75-3A and
B1-2SM series flow control chokes. Chevron
subsequently used BE2.75-3A and B1-2SM series chokes on every new completion on
their platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel.
1988, the American Petroleum Institute (API) licensed BST
under its Q1 and Spec 6A to apply the API monogram to BST's
flow control chokes, signifying complete compliance with API's requirements for
1991, BST introduced its B1.5 series flow control
chokes, with the EZ-VU handle and improved flow capacity in the same external
body dimensions as the B1 series chokes. This
was able to take the place of competitors' larger, more expensive chokes in most
1992, BST developed and introduced its B1HTG high
temperature steam choke, capable of controlling media at up to 800°F.
Many of these chokes are now in use in the San Joaquin Valley of Southern
1993, the Marine Division of Bureau Veritas certified BST's
B1 series chokes for use offshore on platforms in the North Sea. BST has been supplying flow
control chokes to the North Sea, Europe, the Near East, and North Africa through
its agent in England.
that same year, BST began design and construction
of its first CTM coiled tubing sidepocket mandrels, coiled tubing CTMW
concentric mandrels, valves and latches for use with those mandrels, and coiled
tubing subsurface safety systems. The
BOK-3 running/pulling tool was developed for use with the CTM series mandrels. These new designs were featured in an issue of World Oil
1995 and 1998, BST successfully defended its CTM
series coiled tubing sidepocket and CTMW concentric mandrel designs against an
alleged patent infringement suit filed by Camco International. BST subsequently received a patent for its CTM series coiled
tubing sidepocket mandrel design.
1996, BST provided a technical consulting team and
provided marketing consulting for Itochu's Tokyo and Houston offices in China
for the China National Petroleum Corporation.
This team evaluated the use of corrosion resistant alloys in China, and
was under a service contract to Itochu during 1997-1998.
In 1997, BST acquired a 4-axis CNC vertical mill, significantly augmenting its overall manufacturing capabilities.
1996 and 1998, BST also designed, manufactured, and
supplied almost 200 high pressure, slim hole side pocket gas lift mandrels and
over 200 T-1.0 latches to ARCO Alaska for use in the Kuparuk field.
BST pioneered high pressure, slim hole
mandrel design and has applied for a patent covering its designs.
1998, BST was granted a patent on its coiled tubing
sidepocket gas lift mandrel design.
that same year, BST began its association with
PDVSA through its agent in Venezuela, designing high volume, maximum draw down,
high efficiency chamber lift completions for use in both Lake Maracaibo and the
oil fields in the East. The low
bottom hole pressures of these wells allow BST's
unique chamber lift systems to maximize their production with much lower cost
than any other production system.
1999, BST successfully tested its CTMW concentric
coiled tubing gas lift mandrel, along with its related valve carrier and
flexible dummy running plug. The
mandrel, with the flexible dummy plug installed, successfully withstood 20 bend
cycles while under full operating pressure.
This was a project initiated in joint cooperation with Marathon Oil
Company and Quality Tubing, Inc., in Houston, Texas.
an ongoing basis, BST has been providing well
optimization studies and reports for wells on offshore platforms Holly and Gail
in the Santa Barbara Channel.
February of 2002, BST moved to 4450 DuPont Court, Unit C, in Ventura, California,
and added three additional CNC lathes, one additional CNC vertical mill, and a
two-station robotic welding unit to support BST's
SL, HP, VHP, and EHP side pocket mandrel manufacturing capabilities.
In July of 2018, BST moved to its present location at 1456 Fleet Avenue in Ventura, California, with expanded manufacturing and testing areas to support BST's additional DUCON products.
is currently designing new valves, mandrels, packerless chamber lift systems,
and other related equipment to facilitate maximum, economical production in
wells previously unprofitable or with unacceptably low production or low draw
down requirements. At the same time, BST
continues to manufacture and sell all of its other lines of equipment.
At the same time, BST continues to manufacture and sell all of its other lines of equipment.
With its select, world-class product lines, expert personnel, and full-service production facilities, BST is well situated to take full advantage of all new opportunities in supplying the world oil production equipment market.
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